The Celanese Acetate production facility in Spondon, Derby, dates back to 1916, when it was first built to produce cellulose acetate ‘dope’ to waterproof the fabric-covered wings of World War 1 fighter aircraft. After decades of significant and successful production, the company ceased operations of the flake and tow production units at the end of 2012. Clarifoil, the diacetate film business of Celanese remains operational. Read more about our history.
demolition of the acetate facility
After two years of decommissioning, in the summer of 2014, Celanese commenced the demolition of the facility with a phased approach. The first phase of the demolition encompasses the acetate tow production units. You can find recent updates about the demolition below on this page.
This website is intended as a source of information for the public and local community during the demolition process. In case you are not able to locate information of your interest on this website, please let us know.